Quick Reaction

Quick Reaction: Raptors 95, 76ers 116, 76ers lead series 2-1

TOR Raptors 95 Final
Box Score
116 PHI 76ers

P. Siakam34 MIN, 20 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 7-15 FG, 0-3 3FG, 6-8 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, -18 +/-

Siakam feasted early as Philly reverted back to Tobias Harris guarding him, but after Brett Brown made the adjustment to put Embiid on him again his struggles returned. Uncharacteristically, Siakam gave a dumb frustration in the fourth, stretching Philly’s lead even further. His defensive activity needs to be higher going forward.

K. Leonard37 MIN, 33 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST, 0 STL, 13-22 FG, 2-4 3FG, 5-5 FT, 1 BLK, 5 TO, -11 +/-

For the second game in a row I just felt bad for Kawhi. Once again, he was absolutely lights out from the floor when he could get to his spots. But, with his supporting cast struggling, Leonard had to force the issue too often, leading to five turnovers.

M. Gasol29 MIN, 7 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 2-6 FG, 0-1 3FG, 3-4 FT, 2 BLK, 1 TO, -26 +/-

After Nick Nurse’s quotes about Gasol being too talented of a scorer to shoot as little as he has, many expected an aggressive Gasol to emerge this game. Unfortunately, Gasol was passive as ever, passing up open three’s and hardly creating any offence for others.

K. Lowry38 MIN, 7 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST, 1 STL, 2-10 FG, 0-4 3FG, 3-5 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -28 +/-

Lowry played with good tempo all night but forced the issue a few too many times. His jumper needs to come around for Toronto to regain control of this series.

D. Green34 MIN, 13 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 5-9 FG, 3-6 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -8 +/-

The start of the game went as well as possible for Green, with him making all three of his threes. However, from there Green failed to impact the offense in any meaningful way and was average defensively.

F. VanVleet21 MIN, 1 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 0-7 FG, 0-5 3FG, 1-1 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -10 +/-

Part of me wants to say this is game was rock bottom for VanVleet, but based on games one and two, it’s honestly debatable. Philly’s length is preventing VanVleet from getting into any sort of rhythm and mitigating much of his value stretching the floor. Lin’s gotta get a chance at some point.

N. Powell16 MIN, 6 PTS, 0 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 2-5 FG, 2-3 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -12 +/-

Barely noticed norm outside the corner three he made and some forced shots. His defence has been solid this series, but losing the ‘energy guy’ battle to James Ennis this decisively doesn’t bode well for the Raptors.

S. Ibaka16 MIN, 4 PTS, 5 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 2-6 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 4 +/-

I think Kendrick Perkins summed up Ibaka’s performance with his mid-game tweet “This can’t be the same Serge that I raised defensively!!!! Come on Serge! Get your mind in the game! Jesus Christ!” Hopefully the fadeaway he hit in garbage time sparks his offence going forward.

P. McCaw6 MIN, 0 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-0 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -3 +/-

Didn’t do much in his minutes, but his versatility could play a role going forward.

J. Meeks5 MIN, 4 PTS, 1 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 2-3 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 3 +/-

Made some nice plays, but likely stays out of the rotation going forward.

Nick Nurse

The Raptors defense came out lacking the sense of urgency you’d like from a team that just lost. Additonally, Nurse sat a red-hot Kawhi to start the fourth, allowing Philly to blow the game open.

Things We Saw

  1. The Raptors still failed to exploit J.J. Redick as a defensive liability once again. Hopefully they target that going forward.
  2. Nurse tried to pair Gasol and Embiid’s minutes more so today, but it still wasn’t quite enough. You’d like to see their minutes synched even more going forward.
  3. Giving up 52 points in the paint is not what you’d expect from a team with two defensive players of the year and a former league leader in blocks.
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